Gerry Crane

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August 25, 1964 – January 3, 1997

Mount Clemens native Gerald Mark “Gerry” Crane graduated from Mount Clemens High School and attended Grand Rapids Baptist College and Calvin College.  He taught high school music in Byron Center and was loved by his students, but officials hounded him from his job in 1996 when parents learned that he and his partner Randy Block held a commitment ceremony.  Crane died from a heart attack at age 32.

Between The Lines, February 1997

Michigan Radio segment on Private Love, Public School: Gay Teacher Under Fire

David Sefernick

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August 23, 1964 – January 11, 1997

David Andrew Sefernick was born in Flint and attended the Carman schools.  During high school, he regularly snuck into the Copa nightclub, where he met his first gay friends and where he later had a job operating the light system.  After living in New York for six years, he returned to Flint in the early 1990s and was a manager at Burger King.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 32.

Flint Journal, January 13, 1997

Rodger Williams

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March 28, 1964 – April 3, 2019

Canton resident Rodger Lynn Williams was born in Detroit, graduated from Clarenceville High School in Livonia, and later studied at William Tyndale College in Farmington Hills.  Rev. Williams received his religious training at Concordia Seminary in Missouri and for 13 years served as pastor of Divine Shepherd Lutheran Church in Ann Arbor.

Observer & Eccentric Newspapers, April 11, 2019

Shawn Raymond

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July 13, 1964 – Last seen July 21, 1983

Shawn Patrick  Raymond graduated from Algonac High School and worked in an area restaurant.  On the night of July 21, 1983, the 19-year-old disappeared after spending an evening out at Menjo’s in Detroit.  His remains were not found until 1992 and forensics identified them as his only in 2004.  The homicide case remains unsolved.

OutPost, April 14, 2004

NBC News, July 28, 2018

Port Huron Times-Herald, August 1, 2018

Ricky Kirkwood

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September 23, 1964 – June 18, 1999

Detroit resident James Richard Kirkwood Jr. was employed with a credit union.  He learned he had HIV in 1989 and kept his status secret from his family for nine years out of shame and fear of rejection for his sexuality.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 34.

Between The Lines, July 1, 2004

Craig Case

May 9, 1964 – April 1, 2003

Craig Edwin Case was born in Jackson and grew up in Battle Creek.  After graduating from Battle Creek Central High School in 1982, he managed Custer Party Store and was later operations manager for the Battle Creek Flower Exchange.  Case was united with his life partner Martin Burgess in a commitment ceremony in 1998.

Battle Creek Enquirer, April 3, 2003

Dana Meyer

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December 9, 1964 – August 26, 2017

Dana Meyer of Ann Arbor graduated from the Milan schools and received her B.S. in healthcare administration from Southern University of Illinois in Carbondale System.  She served in the U.S. Navy from 1983 to 1989 and subsequently worked in patient services and as a billing manager.  Meyer was survived by her partner Anne Spiegel and three children.

Ann Arbor News, August 31, 2017